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Donna Rich Kaplowitz

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Dr. Kaplowitz received a BA in English and Latin American Studies from the 
University of Michigan and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Johns 
Hopkins University. Her research interests have focused on U.S. policy towards Cuba, the U.S. embargo of Cuba, and the Cuban foreign policy. She has published widely and her book credits include: The Cuba Reader: The Making of a Revolution, The Anatomy of a Failed Embargo: U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba, and Cuba’s Ties to a Changing World.

Dr. Kaplowitz will share her personal experiences visiting Cuba over the past 33 years. From the vantage point of a young university graduate spending a summer with ordinary Cubans in the height of the Cold War to meeting Fidel Castro, she has had extraordinary access and insight into Cuban life, policy, and change. She will combine history, memoir, and commentary from her most recent trip to the island to share her thoughts on what’s next for our closest neighbor.

This is the first in a six-lecture series. The subject is Cuba: Our Neighbor in Transition. The next lecture series starts November 2, 2017. The subject is Populism: The Common People in Modern Politics.
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  • $10 for an individual lecture, payable at the door, checks preferred. $30 for the entire lecture series, or $165 for an all-lecture package (10 distinguished lectures plus 33 Thursday lectures).

When and Where

Washtenaw Community College. Towsley Auditorium, in the Morris Lawrence Building. 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI.

September 2017

10:00am - 11:30am

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